Friday, February 17, 2012

Cherish Your Name

Title: Cherish Your Name
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-247-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Fantasy Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

As a Warder, Malic Sunden is used to battling demons and other creatures, but this Christmas season he’s doing something even more terrifying. He’s spending two weeks with the family of his beloved hearth, Dylan. They think Malic is much too old for Dylan and have made their feelings clear…they don’t like him…at all. At least their neighbor Brad seems to like him or does he? When Malic goes to rescue Brad he winds up being offered to a demon as a sacrifice, making him forget everything but Dylan’s name. Can Malic remember enough of himself to escape from Hell and make it back to the man he loves and thinks of as his home? 

Cherish Your Name is release six in the Warder series by Mary Calmes and this Christmas novella is the perfect way to end such an enjoyable and entertaining series, or is it really the end. There are hints that there might be more in the future. Fingers crossed. 

The colorful imagery of the over-the-top Christmas decorations covering nearly every available surface in the Shaw house and yard had me chuckling. And poor Malic. The Shaws really don’t like him and treat him horribly. It eventually causes him to doubt his relationship with Dylan and the expression of his pain is more than a little heartbreaking.  But some of this trouble can be laid at Dylan’s feet. He’s so interested in seeing his old friends that he’s ignoring Malic and hasn’t got a clue what his family is doing until it’s almost too late. But then watch out for some well-crafted possessiveness and jealousy.   

It was nice seeing a few of the other Warders when things got dicey and this is where we get hints that something new is happening with some of them getting new abilities. The demon portion of the story is small but important, showing the pull of a Warder and his hearth and the depth of Malic and Dylan’s love.  

I’ve enjoyed this entire series so it’s hard to pick my favorite. What I can assure you is that this holiday novella is fun, lighthearted and entertaining and I’ll be reading it again in the future.

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